Alaska/Pacific Coast

Southeast halibut catch limit may drop in 2017
Juneau Empire – December 27, 2016
The International Pacific Halibut Commission is considering a cut of 870,000 pounds to Southeast Alaska’s 2017 halibut quota.

Halibut catch for Southeast Alaska could drop for 2017
KFSK by Joe Viechnicki – December 21, 2016
Managers of halibut in the Pacific will be setting catch limits in January and could be considering a small decrease for commercial and guided sport fishing fleets in Southeast Alaska.


Northeast Pacific is the region producing most MSC fish – December 23, 2016
The Northeast Pacific fishing area annually produces a total of 2.6 million metric tons of certified seafood from Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) sustainable fishing standard, representing 83 per cent of the total catch of the area.


Scientists blast fish council for Bering Sea data gap
The Dutch Harbor Fisherman by Jim Paulin – December 26, 2016
Although Bering Sea pollock stocks remain strong and the huge multimillion-dollar commercial fishing quota was increased this month by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, the federal panel’s scientific advisers issued a report complaining about the lack of data on declining marine mammals, especially the northern fur seal.

Researchers Capture Video of False Killer Whale’s Encounter with Longline
Study offers insight into how to reduce impacts to animals and fishing operations
Scripps Oceanography by Mario Aguilera – December 22, 2016
A team of researchers and fishermen has directly observed for the first time how Hawaiian false killer whales remove fish from longline fishing gear.

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Pacific Cod in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 12/27/2016
NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amount of Pacific cod from catcher vessels greater than or equal to 60 feet (18.3 meters (m)) length overall (LOA) using pot gear to catcher/processors (C/Ps) using hook-and-line gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) management area. This action is necessary to allow the 2016 total allowable catch of Pacific cod to be harvested.

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Inseason Adjustment to the 2017 Gulf of Alaska Pollock and Pacific Cod Total Allowable Catch Amounts
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 12/27/2016
NMFS is adjusting the 2017 total allowable catch (TAC) amounts for the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) pollock and Pacific cod fisheries. This action is necessary because NMFS has determined these TACs are incorrectly specified, and will ensure the GOA pollock and Pacific cod TACs are the appropriate amounts based on the best available scientific information for pollock and Pacific cod in the GOA. This action is consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska.

North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 12/23/2016
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) Groundfish Plan Team will hold a two day meeting.


Alaska Bites: King crab and coffee for Christmas
KTUU – December 19, 2016
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) There it was, an enormous, reddish-orange beast with gangly legs up to 11 inches long. Alaskan king crab is both beautiful and coveted by seafood lovers.

Top Eight Ocean Stories That Made Waves in 2016
2016 wasn’t all bad: Stubborn environmental problems were livened up thanks to new solutions, “gee whiz” discoveries and mysterious orbs
Smithsonian by Emily Frost , L.K. Ward – December 16, 2016
What a year it’s been. Major headlines ran the gamut from optimistic to alarming. Smithsonian’s Ocean Portal team has pulled together, in no particular order, the ocean stories that caught our attention:

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December 27, 2016